Senator Scavello’s Statement on Governor’s Proposed Budget

Harrisburg — State Senator Mario Scavello (R-40) today issued the following statement in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2015-16 state budget address:

“I am open to working with the Governor and my colleagues in the Senate and House to develop a responsible state budget that meets the needs of the Commonwealth while making government live within its means. However, I was disappointed to hear the Governor’s call to drastically increase taxes on families and employers to pay for more government spending.

“His initial proposal would raise taxes by $12 billion over the next two fiscal years – about $1,000 for every man, woman and child in Pennsylvania. His personal income tax increase alone would reduce the take home pay of the average Pennsylvania family by more than $300.

“Absent spending reforms, billions of dollars in new spending will not curb our debt, rather, it will add to it. Parents will pay higher taxes today, leaving children to pay the long-term debt tomorrow.

“Of most concern to my constituents is the issue of school property tax reform. I was pleased to hear the Governor speak of property tax relief, but I am concerned about property tax relief being woven into an overall increase in the state tax burden. My continued commitment is to ensure that my school districts receive their fair share of education funding while furthering action on the Property Tax Elimination Act, legislation of which I am a prime sponsor.

“I intend to use my position on the Senate Appropriations Committee to work for a responsible budget that does not further burden the working families of the Commonwealth. We have many needs and challenges to address and I look forward to working with my colleagues, the Administration, and all stakeholders to ensure that Pennsylvania is an attractive place to live and work.”

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CONTACT: Christine Zubeck czubeck@pasen.gov (717) 787-6123